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   (2010) Madelyn Fernstrom; Shaunti Feldhahn; Debra Wattenberg;...  

    January 15, 2010
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good morning. hope and heartache. more than two days after the earthquake in haiti, aid is pouring in, but the anger is mounting. this morning, painful stories of desperation and loss. >> i need help. i need help. >> and amazing stories of survival. >> i just thank you all for saving my life. >> as citizens, governments and aid workers from all over the world scramble to help a country in crisis today, friday, january 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, matt, clearly, the task in haiti is monumental. at this point, millions have no place to live, the services virtually nonexistent, water is scarce, and this morning, the people, we understand, are glow growing more and more frustrated with the situation. >> overnight, looters broke into u.n. headquarters in port-au-prince where security has now become a real concern, because in the words of one u.n. worker, haitian national police have simply vanished, but aid is arriving with the u.s. military now assisting the flow of flights into and out of the airport in port-au-prince. and 62 hours after the initial quake, there are some glimmers of hope. several people, including an american woman, were pulled from collapsed buildings overnight. >> and the red cross says it has collected more than $35 million in donations at this point. former presidents bill clinton
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and george w. bush are leading the private sector's fund-raising efforts. president clinton will join us live in a moment. but first, let's get the latest from ann curry, who is in port-au-prince. good morning to you, ann. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we've got some breaking news for you this morning. the uss aircraft carrier "carl vincent" has arrived offshore, and right behind me, you can see those aircraft, those helicopters. they are considered the first wave of the aircraft that will begin to arrive here from the "uss karl vincent." this morning, three-star lieutenant general keen told us this is the beginning of a tremendous u.s. military effort that will last, in his words, a long time here. a search and rescue is the number one top priority. and as you know, we are still within that 72-hour window, in which it's still possible to find people alive. medical care is a top priority as well. the 82nd airborne has also started to arrive, coming in during the night. there's also this news from u.s. embassy spokesman jerome ochen.
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he says more than 300 search and rescuers already on the ground, these from miami-dade, los angeles and fairfax, virginia, that they have been digging out people alive, meredith, but they have still also found seven or eight americans they have identified who are still under the rubble of the montana hotel. they said as of last night they can communicate with them, but as of last night, they had not gotten those seven or eight americans out. time is running out here. the peace in port-au-prince is becoming more fragile. signs of unrest have been seen in streets all over the capital. and while aid from across the world pours in, some on the ground are asking if enough of the supplies can make it to the victims in time to make a difference. as tensions mount, many are still searching for survivors. the injured, including children, are being treated on hospital beds outside for fear of aftershocks.
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>> this is one of those moments that calls out for american leadership. >> reporter: president obama has pledged $100 million and has this message for the haitian people. >> you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten. >> reporter: on thursday, the state department confirmed that victoria delong, a diplomat and native of california, was the first american reported killed in the quake. >> she was warm and loving and caring, and she did whatever she could for everyone. >> reporter: during a time of great grief, there have been small glimpses of hope and humanity. overnight, charla shaan from new jersey was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed hotel. >> it took seconds for it to collapse. no warning. >> she's okay! yes, she's okay! >> reporter: meanwhile in rhode island, rachel gooding was able to talk to her mother, natalie, via skype. >> i heard this sound and thought maybe it was an airplane. >> she's alive! >> reporter: it was a similar scene in the suburb of boston,
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where the family of brittany gangel, a 19-year-old college student, rejoiced after hearing the teenager survived. >> she's on a helicopter being air-lifted to port-au-prince airport and we are so thrilled. we have been here praying for 48 hours. the people have been so good. >> reporter: and just to accentuate the u.s. commitment here, we're now looking to my left here, we've got white house -- from the white house, we've got dennis mcdonough, who works very closely with the president. he arrived here, matt, at 3:15 a.m. this morning to help with all the effort here. now back to you, matt. >> ann, thanks very much. former president bill clinton is the united nations special envoy for haiti. he's been tapped by president obama along with former president george w. bush to lead the private sector fund-raising efforts. president clinton, good to see you. good morning. >> thank you, matt. >> we're starting to hear that the effort is well under way. i think the response from the
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united states and other countries has been pretty swift and impressive. there are survival stories. that's good news. i know one of the messages you want to communicate this morning, sir, is that you want americans to be generous at this time of need for the haitian people. >> i do. let's look at where we are. first of all, we're still finding people alive. we've got 21 more search-and-rescue teams coming in today, but they don't have enough water, they don't have enough food, they don't have enough medical supplies. we've still got to find shelter for all those people that have no place to go at night, and that's the way to make it safer. so, i want to first thank all the americans who have given. to our u.n. fund, which is clintonfoundation.org/haiti earthquake, people who just texted "haiti" at 20222 and automatically given $10. if you want to just give $10, you can make a huge difference, because we've got another week or so of the work you see on
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television. i know people say, well, the first 72 hours is critical, but believe me, even in the fourth day we'll be pulling people out of the rubble who are alive. while that gets done, we've got to move the food, the water and the medical supplies in, and they're getting better organized at the airport, the american military's been terrific, both with the navy and coast guard efforts on the water. >> right. >> with the helicopters coming in. people coming in everywhere else. but everybody needs to focus on the fact -- you see all those people coming out alive. they have to have water and food, and all of the people that are homeless have to have it. >> and then you start -- >> and medical supplies are still short. >> right. you talk about what this is going to cost. you're someone who has an awful lot of experience raising an awful lot of money for the clinton global initiative, billions of dollars so far. is this a case now, president clinton, where you pick up the phone and you talk to some of the people who have been so generous to you in the past, these major contributors, and you say, look, i need you more than ever now?
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and how are they responding? >> oh, very well. i even had a man yesterday complain -- i had a meeting with more than 50 people yesterday who were philanthropists and nongovernmental leaders interested in haiti and private investors. the meeting was scheduled before the earthquake. they all still wanted to come. they all said we're in for the long run. and one man said, "i don't think you've asked me for enough." i think that as we get into the recovery and the rebuilding phase of this, that's what former president bush and i are supposed to do. we're going to keep america involved over the long run. the taxpayers alone can't do this. but i was really encouraged. i talked by phone to all the major countries that are donors, and i had a meeting with these individual efforts, and everybody's committed for the long run. haiti was on the path to making a real modern state there before this earthquake, and once this crisis passes, we're just going to modify the plan they were on
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to take account of this damage done and go back to work, and the american people can help. and i know they will. >> when you talk to former president bush, did the two of you come up with -- i don't mean to put you on the spot here, president clinton, but did the two of you come up with a number, a figure, a goal in terms of fund-raising, what you think it's going to take to rebuild that country? and in some cases, we're not talking about rebuilding, we're talking about building from scratch. >> well, the short answer is no, because we've got to get through the next week to ten days first doing all the recovery of bodies we can, people living and dead. and then getting the worst of the debris out of the way so that that work can be done again. during that time, we are reconstituting our united nations team, you know, the people i worked with down there for the last year. we lost a huge number of people, but a lot of them i know are still alive under that rubble. so, we're rebuilding our ability
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to do damage assessment, as is everyone else. at that time, we'll have a better idea of what the responsibilities are, what role the united states should take and what role our people should fulfill, and we'll tell the american people that and we'll go about raising the money. >> you know, this is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, very little in the way of infrastructure was there before this quake. i heard some official yesterday on the air, president clinton, saying that this quake will set that country back 50 years. and yet, you just sounded very optimistic. you wrote yesterday that haiti is not doomed. and as we look at the pictures of the devastation, i'm just curious what gives you that sense of hope? >> first of all, before this earthquake hit, we had worked hard for a year to adopt, have the haitian government adopt an economic plan designed to improve investment, get more jobs there, get more clean energy there, improve the schools, improve the health
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care, the infrastructure, the roads, the agriculture. they had a plan, and we were implementing it. secondly, because they started from a low base, we can reconstitute where they are quicker than everyone thinks. i just do not agree that they've been set back 50 years. that's a decision for them and for us. but if we go back to work, we'll be all right. but first we have to get through the time which is disastrous now because we don't have enough food, water, medical supplies and shelter. that's why we've asked so many people first to focus on the basic human needs. get us through the next two weeks and then former president bush and i will go back to work. the president's been great, president obama, and the secretary of state, usaid, they're all committed to the long run. we're going to be fine there. i think you'll be amazed how much good we can do, but i don't want to minimize how awful it is now. let's get through this first. >> former president bill clinton. president clinton, thanks for your time this morning. good luck to you. >> thanks, matt. >> it's now 11 minutes after the
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hour. for more, here's meredith. >> matt, thank you very much. kenneth merten is the u.s. ambassador to haiti. ambassador merten, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i'd like to start by offering our condolences on the loss of one of your embassy's staffers, victoria delong, who was killed when her home collapsed. we're so sorry to hear about that, sir. and from what i understand and what we're seeing, the numbers of people who will die as a result of this earthquake, it's going to be astronomical. do you still feel confident? we're going on 72 hours since the quake, and that's basically the window when you find people alive who are trapped. do you still feel confident that we will find some people alive? >> yes, i do. i understand that there are still people as of late last night that we've been -- our search-and-rescue teams have been able to identify that are still alive. so, i'm very hopeful that we'll continue to find some people alive and we hope in reasonably good shape. >> you know, much has been made of the fact that although the president of haiti is alive, he
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is homeless at this point. the presidential palace was badly damaged, as was the assembly. there are legislators missing and ministers. and i guess my question is to you, who is in charge at this point in haiti? is it the haitian government or is it the u.s. military? >> no, the haitian government is in charge. that's clear. they have set up a series of coordination meetings with the u.n. elements here and with the other main donors like the u.s., canada, the eu and others who are here trying to help. we have a regularly scheduled series of meetings with them and with the u.n. to coordinate our activities. so, they are in charge and working with us to make sure this goes forward as smoothly as possible. >> you hear about the military aid that is sitting at the airport right now, can't get to the people who need it who are getting frustrated because they need leaf, but the roads are impassable, the seaport badly damaged. it just sounds, ambassador, like
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it is right now a logistical nightmare. >> i'm not going to say that there are no logistical challenges. there definitely are, but we have a lot of things going on here behind the scenes that you don't see. we have an aircraft carrier that has just been deployed off the coast of haiti with significant helicopter lift capabilities that will be able to lift not only here, supplies not only here to the airport, but to key places around port-au-prince. we have, as i told you, search-and-rescue teams that have been out day and night for the last over 24 hours, trying to rescue people, identify people. we have the possibility of medical supplies coming down later on today. so, there's a lot that's going to happen here, and we hope that we've got the infrastructure in place to be able to overcome some of the challenges we have, but no question about it, there are real logistical challenges here. >> there were also some 40,000 to 45,000 americans who are living or working in haiti. is there any way to account for
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them all? >> we are doing our best. we've had a number of american citizens that have shown up at the embassy and here at the airport. we got about 150 people out the day after the earthquake. we got another 300-some out yesterday. but out of the whole figure -- and the estimate of between 40,000 and 45,000 is not -- is far from exact, but we haven't had anywhere near that number of people coming to us saying that they want to get out. we, obviously, don't have a way of getting in touch with everybody at this point. that's a problem, but so far, it has not been overwhelming. it's been a steady stream but not overwhelming for us. >> all right, ambassador kenneth merten, thank you so much. we are thinking of you and wishing you the best in the days ahead, sir. >> thank you so much. talk to you soon. >> thank you. and to learn about how you can contribute to the relief effort, head to our website, todayshow.com. now let's get the rest of the morning's top stories from natalie morales, who is in for
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ann at the news desk. natalie, good morning. >> good morning to you, meredith, and good morning, everyone. we begin with democrats reporting movement toward a final deal on health care reform. president obama met with congressional democrats until about 1:00 in the morning, making what the administration says was solid progress. earlier, labor unions decided to support a revised tax on high-cost insurance plans. the president says backers of health care reform are on the doorstep of success. on thursday, the president told big banks they should pay a new tax to pay back the cost of bailing them out. in his words, "we want our money back." >> if these companies are in good enough shape to afford massive bonuses, they are surely in good enough shape to afford paying back every penny to taxpayers. >> and cnbc's melissa francis joins us now from the new york stock exchange. so, melissa, how are the banks likely to react to that? >> natalie, they say it's going to drive up the cost of borrowing money. so, whether you go to the bank for a credit card or mortgage,
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either way, it's likely to cost more. so, whether you see yourself as a taxpayer or credit card holder and a mortgage holder, either way, you're going to end up paying back the loan from t.a.r.p. if gm can't. we're also watching intel. they hit the cover off the ball with earnings last night. now their stock's at a 52-week high. natalie, back to you. >> melissa francis, thank you. overnight, police in tempe, arizona, served a search warrant at the home of jack and tammi smith, two persons of interest in that case of the disappearance of 8-month-old gabriel johnson. there is still no signs of the baby boy. today, passengers and crew from us airways flight 1549 are in new york marking the first anniversary of the miracle landing on the hudson after their plane hit a flock of birds. also, a rare, annual solar eclipse today -- or annualar solar eclipse today during which most if not all of the sun is blocked, leaving a blazing light visible only in asia and africa. it lasted 11 minutes.
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there won't be another one for that long for 1,000 years. we didn't get to see it here, but at least we saw it on video. it looks very interesting. 7:17 right now. back to matt, meredith and al. >> natalie, thank you very much. >> good morning. the weather is going to be
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pretty quiet in our neck of the woods. a mixture of sunshine and clouds expected as we head into the afternoon. high temperatures nice and mild for this time of year, up 47 of 50's. >> that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. now to politics and the race to fill the late ted kennedy's senate seat. a special election will be held next week in massachusetts, and right now, a republican leads in the polls. nbc's kelly o'donnell's in washington. kelly, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this really is a stunner. even a week ago, few would have imagined that the seat held by the late ted kennedy, john f. kennedy, for half a century could be in trouble for democrats, but now two candidates who are very
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interested are getting a lot of attention. predictions that martha coakley could raise a glass to an easy win faded fast. the popular massachusetts attorney general has the national democratic party nervous. the 60th seat needed for their majority on the line. >> we know the whole country's looking at this race. >> reporter: while republicans across the country are delighted about their less well-known candidate, state senator scott brown. >> with all due respect, it's not the kennedy seat and it's not the democrat seat. it's the people's seat. >> reporter: the idea that the kennedy seat could go red jolted the democrats' national campaign team to spend hundreds of thousands on tv time. >> brown wants to be the deciding vote to kill ted kennedy's legislation. >> reporter: politics can be full of hard knocks, but even this is unusual. a coakley aide seen on video body-blocking a reporter from the "conservative weekly standard." >> right here. right here. >> reporter: and scott brown's
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campaign has its own twists. first, brown's wife, gail huff, a veteran boston tv reporter, stays out of his campaign ads and events to avoid a conflict as her tv station covers the race. >> i'm gail huff, newscenter 5. >> reporter: while their daughter -- ♪ i will show the world what's inside my heart ♪ >> for the first time for me i saw some emotion. >> reporter: -- is very visible and earned her over top fame on "american idol" in 2006. and wow! voters have seen a little bit more than they expected of scott brown when this 1982 nude photo layout resurfaced. brown had won a sexiest man contest in "cosmopolitan" magazine. for coakley, her first international attention and controversy came in 1997, prosecuting the case known as the shaken baby nanny trial of louise woodward. the verdict from massachusetts voters could come down to turnout. >> nobody's really sure of the
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group who's going to turn out. how best do we actually measure who's going to go out on a cold winter day and vote in an election that a lot of people still haven't actually heard about. >> reporter: and that's really the key, because a special election tends to only draw the most fervent voters. democrats do have an advantage in numbers. there are more registered democrats in massachusetts, but the intensity seems to be on the conservative side. and of course, this has so many implications, matt. the obama white house is watching it very closely. >> i would imagine, kelly. thank you very much. by the way, i want to take a second just to say we have an example of just how much chaos and confusion there is in haiti right now. earlier, ann reported about how the parents of a 19-year-old student, brittany gangel, from florida, were rejoicing because they believed their daughter had been found alive. as it now turns out, the university had been misinformed, and she along with three other students and two faculty members had not been located. we apologize for any confusion that we may have created. just ahead, we'll have much
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more live from haiti on the devastation and the rescue efforts there, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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coming up on a friday morning, we're going to have much more live from haiti. and just ahead, we're going to talk to one of the first americans pulled from the rubble. she will share her remarkable story of survival. but first, a check of your local news and weather.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. let's get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> dealing with a few graaff spots this morning. -- a few problems of this morning. given accident taking up the left lane. to a truck on the scene with that. a gas main break on route 40 at st. john's lane, said the closure between shadow try and
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st. john's lane on route 40. all lanes blocked. east ave is shut down at fayette due to fire department activity. accident at pulaski and rossville in the rezko region. some delays and southbound 95 coming out of the northeast. another accident location to watch for this morning. if you are going to head out on the northwest corner of the beltway, going away from us on inner loop, moving well towards the j.f.x. no significant delays of the j.f.x. yet. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the weather is nice and quiet. a couple of clouds hanging around, and that will be the difference between today and yesterday. today is if you are clouds, but still going to be a nice day to upper 20s and low 30's at the present time. the forecast for today will stay in each of sunshine and clouds. temperatures about 10 degrees above normal.
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seven-day forecast, if you're headed towards the weekend, will turn a little bit cooler on saturday. on sunday, the storm comes out of the gulf of mexico. cold rain forest this time. no snow, but in a pleasant day. rain off and on for the rest of the day. things will change over the weekend but enjoy the nice weather when you can. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. our next live update at 7:55.
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7:30 now on this friday morning, january 15th, 2010, where the search and rescue work in haiti goes on some 62 hours after tuesday's powerful earthquake. i'm meredith vieira alongside matt lauer. and still ahead, we're going to check in with ann live in haiti. she visited a makeshift hospital where doctors are treating the youngest victims of the tragedy, and she'll share that story in a moment. and matt, 45% to 50% of the population in port-au-prince is actually children. >> yeah, and they are going to face some very difficult weeks and months ahead, and years ahead. plus, the latest on a survival story we first brought you on wednesday. coming up for the first time, we'll finally get a chance to
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talk to jillian thorp, the american missionary who was pulled from the rubble of a building ten hours after it collapsed, but first, another american, one of the first rescued in haiti. we'll talk to her in a moment. and i think the smile you'll see on her face tells us an awful lot about her spirit. she's a remarkable young lady. nbc's kerry sanders is in port-au-prince with her story. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning. her story is incredible, and there are others possibly still on the horizon here. as we look behind me, there are some seahawks. they have come in from the u.s. carrier "carl vinson." they are about to do an aerial assessment to see if they can find an area where there may still be survivors. and the stories from survivors here are at once both uplifting and heartbreaking. in a hospital bed at miami's jackson memorial hospital, krista threlsburg spoke about the first terrifying moments after the quake struck.
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>> first, i wanted to get out of the house, and then when i realized my legs were trapped, my second thought was to protect my head and neck. in alaska, they have it in drills in school every year. that's what they tell you to do, so that's what i did. >> reporter: her calm composure, despite an incredible ordeal. the arizona state university student was in haiti with her brother working for a literacy program. >> i didn't realize that my right leg had been almost completely cut off. >> reporter: her leg could not be saved. this is krista and her brother, julian, before she was evacuated after having raced through the streets of haiti on a motorcycle. krista's parents are on their way to her bedside. from their home in alaska, they expressed gratitude for those who helped free their daughter from the rubble. >> we will be loyal for life to the people who have taken care of a stranger in such a desperate moment. very touched. >> reporter: back in haiti, this
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is the grim scene of the many who are so desperate for help. while the relief operations continue, this american, named laura, was trapped for three hours. we spoke to her before she was evacuated. what was that like as you're trapped under there? >> i don't -- i was hoping i would die quickly instead of slowly, because i was stuck. >> reporter: today, laura is also back on american soil receiving medical attention. as for krista, the long road to recovery is just beginning, but this morning she's focusing on the positive. >> there are so many ways in the last two days that i could have been dead that i'm just thankful that i'm not and i'm terribly sorry for all the people in haiti, the haitians especially, who don't have the medical care that i'm getting. >> reporter: it says a lot about
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krista, that she's worried about the people here after the ordeal that she has gone through, matt. >> kerry, it certainly does. thank you very much. i want to introduce krista right now. krista brelsford is at miami hospital right now. krista, how are you doing? >> i'm doing very well, thank you. >> i understand when this earthquake struck, you thought a truck had hit the building where you were, and then you found yourself pinned. and even then, you didn't think your legs were badly injured at first. had you just gone numb? >> yeah. i thought that they were just crushed. i thought that i was wiggling all of my toes. obviously, i wasn't, but i couldn't see them. >> i understand when your brother and others managed to free your legs, you realized the full extent of your injuries. that must have been an extraordinarily sobering moment for you. >> i was so focused on not panicking and staying alive and
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figuring out what needed to be done to get myself out of there that i didn't worry about it right then. i just said i'm going to worry about it later. i told julian to put on a tourniquet and work on getting my second leg free and was doing my best to stay calm. >> christa, then this trip. i mean, you get extricated from this building. they kind of put you on a moped, and from what i read, someone was cradling you as this moped went through the streets. can you describe that trip to get to medical attention? >> yeah. one of our friends, the owner of the motorcycle is driving, and then our other friend, wenson, was holding me in his arms like an infant. my leg was still flapping around. and we drove about three kilometers in the dark on pothole-rutted dirt roads with buildings collapsed all around, haitians still screaming out for help to try to get out of the buildings, walking down the road very badly injured, as we drove
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to the sri lankan military, their peacekeeping mission for the u.n. where i was one of the earlier survivors to get there and got some rudimentary medical care. i got the best they could give, which was a splint made out of a fence post and they put disinfectant on my leg and gave me cookies and cough drops. >> when you finally were told by proper doctors that they would not be able to save your leg, i mean, how do you respond to that? >> i didn't expect my leg to be saved, really ever. i watched over the course of 24 hours as it went from looking like a normal foot to swelling and turning colors and turning cold, which was the scariest part, but i didn't expect it to be saved, and i'm not worried about it. i'm so thankful to be alive that i'm not worried about my foot. >> i look at your smile, and christa, i watched you in the
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hospital yesterday speaking to some reporters, and i saw that smile again. and i got choked up watching you because you clearly have your priorities straight and you have already at such an early time managed to put this into perspective, haven't you? >> thank you. >> you know, you're remarkable. i mean, it's -- the fact that this -- you see this as kind of an appendage and not how you'll be defined, don't you? >> yeah. i'll still get to live my life. there are a lot of people in haiti who won't. and now that i have the best medical care i can get, i'm thankful for that and i hope that we do the best that we can to get medical care to haiti where there are still many, many people who need as much care as i need and more. >> and as i say good-bye to you, i just want to stress again, because i think this is so important to the story, that you
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were in haiti for all the right reasons. you were there trying to help people learn to read. you were there with an adult literacy program. and i know you have strong, strong feelings for the people there. and christa, you're awfully impressive, and i appreciate you spending some time with us this morning. >> thank you. >> good luck to you. >> you said it. it's about perspective. she is amazing. she's right, she's alive. >> and -- >> people like her, i kept running into people like that who are there, whether it's church groups, missionary groups -- >> yeah, missionaries. >> literacy groups, health-related organizations, people trying to get haiti back on its feet economically. so many people were there trapped in this earthquake because they're trying to help haiti. >> but that's why they have such a deep emotional bond with the people there. >> and we've also heard people saying, that are out saying they're going to go back as soon as they can to help more. >> absolutely. >> all right. i like her. she's a good lady. you have a check of the weather.
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let's check it out, see what's happening for you. and as we look at these temperatures across the country, you can see things finally starting to warm up. 60s and 70s down in florida, 70s also in southern california, 30s in the plains. doesn't seem that warm, but after what we've had over the last couple of weeks, we'll take it. unseasonably mild there. rain moves into the pacific northwest with strong winds, santa anas may kick up down in southern california. look for heavy rain down through parts of southern texas with anywhere from three to seven inches of rain. rain off the southeastern >> good morning. after a cool start, is going to be another mild day, with high temperatures climbing close to 50 degrees. a mixture of sunshine and clouds. there w
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and you can keep track of your weather all day long on the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. still ahead, much more from ann, who is live in haiti. but up next, we'll switch gears a bit and talk about new concerns about the accuracy of labels on commercially prepared foods. what you need to know.
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ba now at 7:44. just how accurate are food labels? a new study suggests the information on frozen meals and given out at restaurants can be way off when it comes to the calorie count. so, why the discrepancy and who is to blame? david zinczenko is the editor of "men's health" magazine and author of "eat this, not that." madelyn fernstrom is "today's" nutrition and diet editor and author of "the real you diet." good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> the results of this study are pretty disturbing to me, because even a 5% error in calorie count can result in ten pounds more over the course of the year. >> right. >> and we're talking about a 20% difference from what you're reading on the label to what is actually there. >> right. you know, it's really up to 20%. i think we have to take a step back, meredith, and figure out that when you have a sample testing, you get the perfect
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food. you get the perfect portion. everything is measured out and you do this metabolic testing and get a certain amount. but imagine you're in a restaurant and then you have a kitchen worker throwing an extra dollop of butter on to some rice or you have a larger serving or the wrong size plate used. there is a lot of margin for error. but in this study, a lot of the foods were under the calories, so it was an average of about 18%. so, some things were way off and some things were not off at all. >> yeah. i mean, to me, if it's 18% -- and that's consistent with the research that we've seen at "men's health" and "eat this, not that," that ends up to be 30, 40 pounds in a year. the restaurants and food manufacturers are so inkraevenl standardized in their operations that it shouldn't be more than, say, maybe 5%. one of the problems is that food manufacturers are like, you know, teenagers whose parents are away. they know they can get away with it, so they -- >> well, the fda is saying to them, you can have a discrepancy of up to 20%. >> yes. >> right, and what's happening is, you know, what the
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government needs to be as passionate about nutrition as they are about weights and measures. if i try to sell you a quarter pounder that's an eighth of a pound or an underweighed frozen dinner, the watchdogs are all over me. but when it comes to calories, they're asleep. >> yeah, but part of it is being more of a mindful eater. if you have something in front of you and it says this is 500 calories and you look at this and say this is way too much food for that. that's error. when there's humans involved in food preparation, even at home, unless you have a food -- >> but you expect some honesty. if i buy a frozen meal and it says it's 500 calories, the healthy meal, to me, it looks like 500 calories. i don't expect it to be 20% more than that. >> but in the frozen meals, the calorie-controlled meals that are frozen -- this is interesting -- that was only off by about 8% and not close to 20%. so, you look at that -- the comparison, really, meredith, is something that's 250 or 300 calories in a calorie-controlled meal versus a 1,200-calorie meal. so, the choice is better, but the accuracy and the amounts is harder to do, but it can be better. >> but the 8% is still 16 pounds
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in a year. and the problem is, it's all about education. >> right. >> if they release nutritional information -- and a lot of food manufacturers don't want to -- and if the government gets more teeth, what will happen is those will come to a point where as a consumer you understand what's likely to jump off the menu and take a bite out of your health. right now you don't really know, so you're trying to either work off or learn to live with those extra 10 to 20 pounds a year. >> so you have to assume maybe there's this much more and go with it that way. i want to switch gears, because the mayor of new york, michael bloomberg, is making a big push to get us all to consume less sodium. and he, along with -- there are other cities involved -- los angeles, boston, the states of maine, oregon, west virginia are also on this push to get food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of sodium in their product by 25% over five years. are we consuming a lot more sodium than we even realize? i think the recommended daily amount is one half of a teaspoon. >> well, it's one teaspoon. it's less than 2,400 milligrams.
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so, is that a lot? what most americans eat are 7,000 to 8,000 milligrams, so nearly three times that, because our sense salt sensors in our mouth are way up. a lot of the salt is hidden. even hospital menus when you say no salt added, no salt packages are around 8,000, because there's a lot of hidden salt. >> but when you're trying to consider that your body for your cardiovascular health really needs to maintain a pretty equal potassium-to-sodium ratio, you know, 7,000 or 8,000 or 13,000 a day in some cases is really significant, and it has an enormous toll on your physical health. >> also your blood pressure. >> we've got to go at this point. >> yeah, sure. >> madelyn fernstrom, thank you so much. david, thank you so much. watch out for salt. still ahead, we'll talk to american missionary jillian thorp, who survived a ten-hour ordeal trapped in the rubble in haiti.
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and back at 7:52 with our "countdown to the golden globes." this morning, the anywhenewcome stole the show in 1986. >> whoopi goldberg won for best actress in a motion picture drama for "the color purple," but it was her outfit and acceptance speech that really turned heads. that is classic golden globe attire there. >> whoopi. >> the track suit and sneakers. >> you can wear anything. >> she still wins, right? >> yeah. >> so, what's the difference? >> exactly. >> don't forget the golden globes this sunday night live,
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. let's get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. all the information you need to know. >> we of looking at a rough ride on at 795 from franklin boulevard to the beltway, looking at jammed conditions. at owings mills, partially blocking the ramp to the mattress station, and that's out about 795 to the beltway, blocking the lane with a tow truck. shut down between chatham and st. john's lane, with a gas main expected to be -- cascade being
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worked on an expected to be closed through the morning rush. this is not our problem. joyce lane and arnold, and accident coming into us. let us give you a live view in a couple of spots. a lot lighter than normal. we will switch to a live view of the west side at liberty. this extends from 795 down to edmondson. tony has a check of the forecast. >> things are quiet in the weather department. a few clouds hanging around, we don't expect any precipitation today. temperatures are expected to be a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday. 20 degrees in sykesville, 27 in randallstown. a forecast for today is a mixture of sunshine and clouds. high temperatures about 10 degrees above normal, or 40's and low 50s.
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8:00 now on a friday morning. it's the 15th day of january 2010. you're looking at the ruins of a building in haiti where an american missionary spent ten hours trapped in the rubble following tuesday's devastating earthquake. that box you see down there was kind of holding up a section of roof. that's the reason that jillian thorp survived. i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and al roker. al just back from haiti in the last 24 hours. we first brought you jillian's story on wednesday. this is the one where her husband, frank, drove eight hours to assist the crews in her rescue. this morning, the thorps are back on u.s. soil. they're sharing some remarkable
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video they shot in haiti with us. we're going to talk to jillian and frank in just a couple of minutes. then we're going to switch gears and meet a woman who suffered from a baffling medical mystery. she literally lost her mind for an entire month last year just days after feeling numb on one side of her body. she's going to share her story, coming up. >> wow. and then a little bit later on, in just 15 minutes, the things you can do to improve the safety, comfort and value of your home. all right, but first, let's check in with ann, who is once again in port-au-prince for us this morning. ann, good morning, again. >> reporter: good morning, again to you, matt. listen, all night we've been seeing this footprint of the u.s. military rise. we had a lot of c-130s on the tarmac picking up americans. but also, you can see some soldiers behind me. we believe that they're army. we've also seen some navy helicopters arriving. so, it is fair to say, the u.s. military footprint is stepping up significantly as of late last night and into today. nearly half of haiti's population are children, and they are really bearing the
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weight of the suffering here. and we found a hospital that is working feverishly now to try to answer their needs. haiti's cry of pain has not spared its children. even in the arms of his mouth, 9-year-old jules cannot be comforted. [ screaming ] as doctors at the children's hospital sew up the deep gash on his leg without anesthetics. afterwards, his mouth christine said all three of them were buried in the quake. she says "i was down the street from my house and then i saw all the houses start to fall. i ran over walls to get to my house and it had fallen, but i heard cries saying "mommy, i'm here, i'm not dead." i dug with my bare hands." her family and hundreds of others, including an 8-day-old baby who escaped injury, and yet another infant who did not, a
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12-year-old being treated for lacerations and 5-year-old sam bravely waiting for a broken left leg to be set, and he's saying "it hurts." all of them reaching out for help from anyone, and they're overwhelming the staff. the hospital operating outside for fear of aftershocks is damaged but one of few still standing. still, hundreds of injured come every day, so many, the 17 doctors here have no idea how many they are treating. they're running out of everything, from medicines to bandages. there are not enough doctors to take care of all the injured, so the parents are stepping in and taking care of their own children, and this is a hospital. for some, there is nothing that can be done. these women have just learned they've lost their parents. and to compound the tragedies here -- >> they have to go to the cemetery with their picks and their shovels and dig their own
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grave. >> reporter: father rich frichet ad stared last rights, though members of his own staff are missing. but even in the midst of all this, gratitude can be found. christine, still cradling jules, tells us, "a lot of people weren't spared, but i am thankful my children were. i realize now that god loves me." the priest we just introduced you to, father frichet, runs that hospital. and actually, he was in the united states when the quake struck tending to his dying mother, but she told him to go to haiti, to leave her bedside, because the people of haiti needed him more. and so, he is here working. matt and meredith, back to you. >> ann, thank you very much. ann curry in port-au-prince for us this morning. to find out how you can contribute to the relief effort, you can logon to our website at todayshow.com. let's get a check of the morning's other headlines from natalie morales, who's filling in for ann at the news desk. >> good morning to you all and good morning, everyone.
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democrats say they made a breakthrough during overnight talks on health care legislation. congressional leaders met with president obama and labor leaders. they said they reached an agreement to scale back but not eliminate a proposed tax on higher-cost health insurance plans, which many union members have. as many as eight army officers could face punishment following a pentagon report on the november ft. hood shootings. an official says that they could face discipline for failing to do anything when the alleged shooter displayed erratic behavior early on in his military career. 285 soldiers returned to ft. hood thursday after a one-year deployment in baghdad. their division lost 38 soldiers during the mission with 190 wounded. detectives served a search warrant last night at the tempe, arizona, home of a couple considered persons of interest in the baby gabriel case. authorities say jack and tammi smith tried to adopt the infant shortly before he disappeared last month. tammi smith also had a jailhouse conversation wednesday with the baby's mother, who is being held
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on kidnapping charges. a towering achievement is turning heads on one nebraska farm. the young family turned a heavy snowfall into that, a 30-foot-tall snowman. he's even got a name, named luigi. but luigi's days could be numbered. the forecast there calls for temperatures in the mid-40s this weekend. so not the best snowman weather. i don't know, tallest snowman i ever built i think was about six feet, that's about it. that was pretty big for us. >> that's a good one. >> six feet. >> how do you do that? >> you don't want to be standing next to luigi when he's deciding to come down. >> especially using bricks as a smile. >> exactly. >> wow. >> good looker, though. >> mr. roker, check of the weather, sir. let's see what's happening as we take a look for the weekend ahead. first of all, our pick city, quincy, illinois, wgem, with some morning fog. saturday we're looking at heavy rain through the southeast, showers in the pacific northwest, mild in the southwest, cold in the plains. then on sunday, sunday, we've got a lot of wet weather in the
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mid-atlantic states on into the northeast with some wet snow. heavy rain >> good morning. it looks like it is going to be another nice day today. a mixture of sunshine and clouds as we head into the afternoon. it will be warmer than yesterday. yesterday. high temperatures in the and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you. up next, remarkable details on the survivor story out of haiti that we told you about on wednesday. how the box in that hole saved an american missionary's life. we're going to talk to jillian thorp and her husband right after this. ♪ sparkle and shine
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her husband and some haitian workers freed her from the debris. this morning, the thorps are back in the u.s. we'll talk to them in a moment, but first, their remarkable tale. this is the pile of rubble that covered jillian thorp for ten hours. on tuesday she was inside the haitian ministry's mission house when the earthquake hit. in a matter of seconds, the mission went from this to this. jillian's husband, frank, drove eight hours to reach her. he got there in time to pull her from the rubble. >> they dug a hole through the concrete ceiling of this house where they were caught, and we went in, and i pulled her out. it was such a relief to get her out. it was an extremely emotional time. >> once jillian was safe, frank took his video camera back to the scene of the devastation. you can see the hole he dug with rescuers to free his wife. this big box is what saved her. it created just enough space for jillian to survive. >> we're still at the mission
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house. >> in his footage, it looks like frank is walking on cement, but that's actually the roof of the mission house pancaked down after the collapse. debris is all that remains. a paint can, file cabinets, an envelope with jillian's name. but frank thorp says the mission work will go on. chuck deech was trapped inside the rubble with jillian. he made his way home to his wife in connecticut on thursday night. >> today is our wedding anniversary and i couldn't be more thankful. when i think of all the things that might have happened, you know, the other outcomes, i'm blessed. >> and jillian and frank thorp join us now. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, matt. >> good morning, matt. >> i know you've only been back in the states for about 14 hours now. how are you guys holding up? >> i think we're holding up pretty good. we're just trying to readjust to the situation being back in the
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states, dealing with the wounds, especially with jillian physically and mentally as well. >> yeah. jillian, talk to me little bit. i know frank, when we spoke on the phone, said your legs were pretty banged up, pinned in that rubble. can you tell me the extent of your injuries? >> i'm very lucky, matt. my injuries are pretty minor. i have just scrapes and a couple lacerations on my leg and one on my back. >> take me back, jillian, to when this quake struck. where exactly were you and what do you remember from those terrifying seconds? >> i had just come down from the second level. i was having a meeting with my co-worker, chuck, who was stuck with me, and the house started to shake, and i said to chuck, "what is that?" and he said, "it's an earthquake," and he pulled us into a doorway, and within 20 to 30 seconds, we were buried. >> can you describe, jillian,
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for me the space you found yourself in? were you completely pinned? were you able to move at all? >> i was able to move. we were in a, we estimate a three by five area. there were plywoods that had created this tent for us that was protecting us. chuck was completely pinned, but i had movement of my legs and my arms, but there wasn't really anyplace to go, so we just tried to make the best of it. >> frank, you are some 100 miles away when all this happens. you find out about the severity of the quake, and obviously, your thoughts are with jillian, so you jump in a car and you start to head there. when you saw the building, because you knew what it looked like beforehand, and when you saw the condition of that building, did you allow yourself to think that she might not get out of there alive? >> yeah, of course -- well, yeah. it was the scariest thing that i have ever seen.
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you -- i didn't expect the whole building to have collapsed. and when we got there, it looked like it would be impossible for somebody to survive. and i mean, i got there, and the whole complex is walled in, it's gated, but the walls had just collapsed. and so, i climbed over and saw the house, and it was just -- it was just terrifying. so, i ran over and -- i mean, you know, the workers, jillian's co-workers, the haitian co-workers had been working for seven hours to dig this hole in the roof of this building. so, by the time i had gotten there, most of the work had been done and i was able to go down and say i loved her and just to see her hand, and it was just -- it was really scary. >> jillian, what did you focus on for those eight or ten hours? i mean, you know, you have seen the coverage of stories like this in the past. you know there are people who simply don't get out of
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situations like that. >> yeah. when it first happened and we realized that we didn't have oxygen, i just thought, okay, i'm 23 and i'm going to die and i'll just run out of oxygen and hopefully just fall asleep, and at least i'm not suffering too much. but once we started hearing people around us and they started moving some of the rubble and we saw light and we had oxygen, then the game was on to try and survive as long as we could. >> we were so concerned about you both, because i think as we mentioned on the air, frank, you were an intern and a researcher here at nbc and spent some time with me in south africa, and jillian, we actually have even a picture of you as part of one of our "where in the world" shows in south africa. you've traveled all around. there you are in the background there. you've traveled all around the world. will you travel back to haiti? >> as soon as we can. >> we're trying to go back as
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soon as we can. we were so lucky to be able to get out alive. we're just really looking forward to getting back and helping. >> well, we're happy that you're okay. our thoughts and prayers are with the people in haiti. jillian and frank, thanks so much for spending time with us this morning. >> thanks, matt. >> thanks, matt. up next, we're going to switch gears and talk about the medical mystery that caused one woman to suddenly lose her mind for an entire month. she'll share that story. otion goes deep to heal dry skin at the source. the breakthrough formula wraps and seals more hydration deep inside skin, so after 12 hours, skin's condition is improved 2x more than eucerin original. now i can heal on a deeper level. beautiful. [ female announcer ] new moisture wrap body lotion. neutrogena skin care. #1 dermatologist recommended. neutrogena skin care. it can be tough living with copd... but i try not to let it slow me down. i go down to the pool for a swim... get out and dance... even play a little hide-n-seek.
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you're not gonna have to worry about that anymore. yeah, why's that? ♪ todd's a lucky man. ♪ the best part of wakin' up... ♪ that's what i told him when we talked last week. ♪ ...is folgers in your cup this morning on our special series "today's medical mysteries," one woman's month of madness. just over a year ago, 24-year-old susan gahalen was a happy, healthy young woman, but last february, everything changed. we're going to talk to her in just a moment, but first, here's nbc's chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman. >> i'd say it all started with the numbness. i woke up one day and i felt numb on the left side of my
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body. i thought, that's kind of strange. >> reporter: but her symptoms continued to get stranger. >> one minute, i'd be really upset, i was crying at work hysterically, which is not like me, and then the next minute i'd be giddy and happy. i was completely manic. >> reporter: one night, things went from bad to worse. >> i remember we were watching "on the road again" with gwyneth paltr paltrow, and that's it, that's all i remember. >> reporter: that would be the last thing susanna would clearly remember for a month. >> we got a call around 1:00 in the morning and her boyfriend steve said that she's had a seizure and that she's at the hospital, and it was at that moment that i knew we were in for a very, very bad time. >> reporter: she was admitted to nyu's langone medical center, but the team of doctors working sus susannah's case had no answers for her parents. >> she was totally psychotic and probably hallucinating. >> reporter: thomas cahalan documented his daughter's
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strange behaviors. >> the nights were the worst. she tried to run out more than once. they made her wear an orange wristband labeled "flight risk." >> reporter: with dozens of puzzled doctors and every test coming back clean, susannah's condition was deteriorating. then a top neurologist known for solving difficult cases was called in to examine susannah. >> when i saw her, i suspect she has a form of medical mystery. i know i'm facing unchartered territory. >> reporter: dr. najar asked susannah to draw a clock. >> all the numbers on the right side of the clock face were filled, but none present on the left side of the face. >> reporter: after a month of mystery, the first clue. the right side of her brain, the emotional center which controls cognitive reasoning, was malfunctioning. a biopsy was done which revealed a rare autoimmune disease called
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anti-nmdar-encephalitis. susannah's body was literally attacking her brain. >> the brain was on fire. >> reporter: now with a diagnosis, treatment could begin. susannah received a plasma exchange and was placed on steroids to relieve inflammation in her brain. >> after eight weeks in the hospital, they finally let her go home. all i knew was that she was alive and her spirit -- and her spirit was intact. we had more hospital stays for treatment, doctor visits and lots of medication to deal with, but my baby was on the way home. >> reporter: for "today," dr. nancy snyderman. >> susannah cahalen is now feeling 100% back to normal. she is with us along with dr. kenneth alper from the university langone medical center. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> susannah, when you look at that video, what goes through your mind? because you don't remember any of that. >> i don't remember anything.
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it really is a lost month. it's terrifying, it really is, i mean, looking at myself in the hospital. just, it's not me, but it is me. >> to deteriorate to that point, really to fall into madness is what it was. eight weeks in the hospital. how much longer before you were feeling 100%? >> i'd say about six months before i was really back to myself. >> and have you been able to put the pieces together at all? fortunately, your dad did document it for you. >> yeah, that was very helpful. i mean, with the help of my mother and my boyfriend and my father, i do hear these stories about the way i behaved, and it's just mind-blowing. >> you see this case, doctor, and when she came to you, she had symptoms that could have been any one of a number of psychiatric illnesses. if this had not been diagnosed, what would have happened to her? >> well, this could have been a really serious outcome. chronic psychiatric disability or even death. >> you know, you wonder about people that are now, perhaps institutionalized, and they're considered to be mentally ill, who might also be suffering from this condition. >> well, this is an emerging,
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new category of psychiatric disorder, and it would probably be very productive to look at populations such as nursing home populations or people in state psychiatric hospitals to look for this condition and the spectrum of related conditions. >> had you ever seen this before yourself? >> no. >> never seen it before -- >> well, i may have seen it before and not known it. >> not realized it. i know, susannah, you're a writer for the "new york post." you wrote a piece on it. you're now writing a piece with the doctor in this piece who determined what was the matter with you. why is it so important for you to tell this story? >> i think there are so many people out there -- i mean, who knows how many people out there are suffering from what i suffered from and are not getting the diagnosis they need. doctors estimate 90% of people out there are undiagnosed. if you can imagine all those people in nursing homes and psych wards who don't have the help that i had. and i really want to offer that. >> and is there any indication what would trigger this, doctor? is this something that could happen to her again?
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>> it's sometimes associated with tumors. that has been ruled out in this case. and then approximately half of the cases are >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute. >> still dealing with problems on southbound 795. accident at owings mills boulevard, at the metro station, ramp partially blocked. southbound 705 of the beltway, another accident, taking up the left lane. heavy delays approaching franklin all the way down. on the west side, heavy delays there as well. we are just hearing from our weather reporter that eastbound 40 is now reopened no longer closures from there.
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everything looking good as far as the commute on the j.f.x. 49 miles per hour on southbound 95 out of the northeast. biggest delay is on the west side. on the north side, in the area of harrisburg expressway, not too bad there. on the west side, lingering volume at a very slow-go from liberty to edmondson. have a great weekend. >> a little bit of cloud cover hanging around. the will be the difference -- that will be the difference from yesterday to today. low 30's, 32 in catonsville, 27 at the airport. forecast for today is a mixture of sunshine and clouds. it will be dry and mild. high temperatures this afternoon in the upper 40's and 50's. crueler -- cooler and try on
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sunday. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on this friday morning, the 15th of january 2010. pretty nice start to the day here in manhattan, and we have a pretty nice crowd up with us right out here on the plaza. just ahead, an eye-opening look at men, women and the workplace. we're going to talk to the author of a new book who did research to uncover what a lot
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of women do on the job that could hold their careers back. it's pretty controversial, this stuff. just ahead what both sexes could be surprised to hear about themselves. okay, also ahead, let's say you have a leaky toilet at home. >> okay. >> let's say you have a broken light fixture or outlet. >> got them both, yeah, yeah. >> would you tackle that project yourself or would you call in a plumber and electrician, hopefully for the right thing? >> i was going to say. >> yeah, i'd call in the troops for that one. >> as long as it can't kill me, i'll try it. >> yeah, i hand it off to the guys who can do it. >> i have the exact same rule as you, if it can kill me, someone else does it. lou manfredini is here and he says in a few minutes you can tackle some of these simple projects and save a lot of money. we'll talk to lou in a minute. plus, using broadway to fight crime. take a look at this. this is a billboard about to be taken over by the fbi. they're going to light it up in a little bit and fill us in live here in a few minutes. all right, but first, al, a check of the weather. >> all right. let's see what's happening for you.
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show you for today we've got unseasonably mild conditions in the plains, wet weather in the pacific northwest, heavy rain down through texas and parts of florida, snow showers in the eastern great lakes. tomorrow some flurries in interior sections of new england. we've got heavy rain through the southeast. more rain in the pacific northwest, sunny and mild through the south. where are you guys from? >> iowa! >> the iowa beavers? >> yeah. >> wow. >> that's for you. >> thank you. i like the hat. let's try that on >> good morning. after a cool start, is going to be another mild day, with high temperatures climbing close to 50 degrees. a mixture of sunshine and clouds. there
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>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. this morning on "today's call to action," we are catching up with the u.s. marine and his family who we met in our trip to afghanistan last month. here's nbc's jim maceda. >> reporter: there's a tip of president obama's surge touching down in southern afghanistan, a company of u.s. marines who know that in the months ahead they'll be facing the brunt of the fighting. but for lieutenant braden merritt, the moment would be marked as much by what he left behind. >> i've got a picture, and it's from our wedding. >> reporter: his 22-year-old bride, alyssa. the couple separated only months after their valentine's day weddi wedding. >> i love the smile and the happiness, and that gives me a lot of strength, being able to look at her just like that.
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>> reporter: when nbc's janet shamlian visited the merritts back at camp lejeune right after braden got his marching orders, the future was just sinking in. >> every day when he's gone, whether it's training for two weeks or a month or six months is one day too long. >> that's the hardest part of all of it is knowing that i will be leaving her alone. >> all the 203 gunners have to put their stuff here anyway. >> reporter: we caught up with braden living in a tent with 143 of his fellow marines. he found the gym at camp leatherneck, the main base in helmand province, and was planning his first mission. but was alyssa aware of the dangers ahead? >> i'm definitely going to have a problem with it. i don't try to hide things from her or mislead her about what we're going into. >> reporter: their christian faith, he says, is the glue that binds their young, hectic relationship, and he cherishes the cross that alyssa gave him
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as a gift. the 25-year-old officer says it helps him stay focused on his marines and on what could be a decisive battle against the taliban. >> it is something that we're excited about. there's no place that, you know, at this time that we would really rather be. it's what we train for. >> reporter: but staying in touch will be tough on the newlyweds. with no internet or even phone lines, writing letters is braden's only option. well, there is another way to send a special message. >> i love her more than anything and she's my best friend and she's my loving wife. >> reporter: the bride he plans to take on their belated honeymoon once the young warrior comes home. for "today," jim maceda, nbc news, helmand province. >> an awful lot of stories like that right now. up next, what some women could be doing at work to undermine their career goals. we'll tell you about that, but first, this is "today" on nbc. hi, i'm stilt walker christy piper,
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with a brief look at the action on royal caribbean's new oasis of the seas. carolina diago found her thrill 9 decks above the boardwalk. meanwhile, 3-year-old axel rode his first carousel at sea. taylor from florida went surfing somewhere in the middle of the ocean.
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and finally, the turners and kratzes enjoyed dinner in central park. that's the news. i'm stilt walker christy piper, on royal caribbean's oasis of the seas. why aren't you?
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women may have made great strides in the workplace over the past few decades, but a new book suggests women may be inadvertently hurting their careers with their own behaviors. it's called "the male factor." shauntifeldhamn is the author, here with the chairman of advertising agency deutsch inc. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> it took you seven years to compile this book. you interviewed 3,000 men, conducted all these studies, determined that men and women perceive things differently when it comes to workplace etiquette, and some behaviors may actually hurt women. so, i want to start with something that surprised you most in the research, and that has to do with the way men view emotion at work. now, you're talking about women crying or more than that? >> it's a lot more than that. i actually thought, you know, we all know men are uncomfortable with emotis in the workplace. i had not realized that it's way more than fighting back tears. they see a woman getting
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defensive, you know, when questioned, or personality conflicts or pushing too hard. there's a whole host of things when i was talking to these men anonymously that they view as, she's getting emotional. and because they don't know how female brains are wired, they don't realize that we can process a lot of emotion and be thinking clearly at the same time. so, they say, gosh, you know, like this is a very common comment, you know, my female colleague got really defensive in this meeting when we were questioned, so i couldn't trust her judgment of the whole meeting. and we need to know some of these perceptions that they really think but never say. >> you're sort of scratching your head. are you agreeing with this or not agreeing? >> first, i'm from the bill clinton school of manners. >> what does that mean? >> i've surrounded myself with women smarter than myself. i built a successful business with a lot of powerful women. there are clearly differences in the workplace. one strength i found of women over men, women are more collaborative. interestingly enough, i found that men, we, i've spent much
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more time managing men and their egos, how big their offices are, paychecks are, how big everything is, versus women -- they want to be collaborative, they want to be paid fairly. i've spent a lot of time managing the emotional ups and downs of men than with women. >> you talk about the male ego, because you report that women can easily deflate a male ego without realizing it. >> and it can be very damaging if you don't realize it. i never realized that underneath the male ego, there's a lot of self doubt and there's basically a lot of -- >> we're just weeping. we want to be held, that's pretty much it, you know? >> but seriously, though, there was a lot of self-doubt amongst these guys basically saying, gosh, i want to tackle a challenge and i want to do it, but i'm afraid someone will figure out i'm not sure what we're doing. so, we as women can hit that nerve without realizing it. for example, one of the things that was really common -- i used to work down on wall street, and i'd raise my hand at a meeting and say, hey, bob, why did you do that on the report? and i had no idea that bob was
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basically hearing -- when i'm asking a why question, he's basically hearing, are you challenging me? are you saying that i don't know what i'm doing? >> yeah, but -- i don't know if that issue, frankly -- that man may have had a reaction if a man asked that question -- >> that's exactly what i say in the book, exactly. >> look, by nature, and obviously, there's generalizatio generalizations, but i found it to be true, having managed thousands and thousands of people, that men are more confrontational, more hunters by nature, but -- go ahead, meredith. >> i want to switch gears because you also conducted a test that's interesting, maybe the difference between men and women. you took 400 men and randomly put them in two groups and then introduced them to a woman who was going to talk to them about something. and depending on what she wore, the reaction was very different. so, let's that take a look at some of this tape first. >> our marketing and research team recently polled over 400 customers in trendsetters stores all over the country to ask them for their top customers' suggestions. today i will be briefing you on the four statements made most
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consistently by trendsetters customers. these four customers' suggestions will serve as the backbone for our upcoming marketing and design campaign. >> so, essentially, what this showed is in one case, the men are looking at the woman's eyes, and the next time when it's low-cut, they're looking at her whatever -- >> a lot of women don't necessarily realize that wearing the low-cut top or tight skirt or whatever it is, it kicks a man back into kind of a biological part of the brain where he views that of very sexual and he's basically trying to pull his brain back from that. >> so he's not getting the information right. >> he's basically going, look at her face, look at her face, and he's not hearing what she's saying. >> once again, i think if a man dressed provocatively and was not dressing professionally, the same thing would happen. there are two sides to that. what is interesting, what i want to warn women against -- a lot of women come into the business place and think they have to dress like men. wrong. i say you don't want to flaunt like that, but be a woman also. be a powerful woman and do not hide your womanness. do not exploit it --
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>> oh, yeah. absolutely. >> because we're almost out of time, when i first started to look at this story, i got defensive myself and thought why should i conform because a man doesn't think the way that i do? >> and i thought the same thing. and honestly, this is how i look at it. i used to work with large japanese banks on wall street. i would never go into japan assuming i knew how that culture viewed the world and assuming that i knew how what i was doing and saying was being perceived. i'd have to do a little work to understand that, you know what, men have all these internal expectations and assumptions. we've got to do a little work. it doesn't necessarily mean we have to agree with them or adapt -- >> smack us around. we'll get it right. >> we have to know what's going on inside their heads -- >> so they can manipulate you, that's what it is. >> we're just dumb cleavage-looking guys. by the way, when you looked at the two side-by-sides, the crew in unison said "i'm listening." so, we have these tests -- guys, did you hear? they're raising their hands. i heard, i heard! >> all right, you boob, you.
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the book is "the male factor" -- >> just give me long enough on the air. i'll take it right down. >> shauntifeldhahn, donny doush,
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this morning on "today's home," simple fixes you can do in 15 minutes. "today" contributor lou manfredini is the host of the syndicated show "house smarts." lou, good morning. nice to see you. >> nice to see you as well. >> i use the risk-reward formula when it comes to household repairs, okay? >> okay. >> if the risk is i'm going to have water pouring down the walls of my house, that's not worth the reward of saving a plumber's fee. is that how you go about this? >> well, you need to know your limitations when it comes to anything, but what's happened is, and i've seen this, this recession and this economy has forced more people to say i want to try it myself. >> right. >> and there's so much you can do, matt, really that's quick
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and easy and can save you a ton of money. >> all right. let's start right here. we've got a leaky faucet. see, here's your problem right here. >> right. >> there's a huge hole in the front of that. >> that's a problem. if your toilet looks like this, you have a major problem. >> a leaky toilet. how easy is that to fix? >> 90% of the times, if your toilet doesn't flush properly, it's because the jets under the bowl are clogged. that's as simple as cleaning and costs you nothing. but if the toilet flushes inadvertently -- that blue thing is the flapper. this flapper is a $5 item that you can get -- >> right off the bat, for those squeamish of putting their hand in the water, this is clean water. >> this is clean water. there might be grime or sediment. but this flapper is a $5 item at the hardware store. they make universal ones. they also have specific ones for toilets. >> do i have to turn the water off before i do this. >> well, you could, but water will continue to flush down the toilet. >> okay. >> but this is so quick. >> okay. >> you can do this in a matter of minutes. but what i want you also to do is down in here where this sits, this can get slimy in there.
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take a scotch brite pad and clean that. so when you get a new one -- >> it's a good seal. >> and the ears flip right on there and this can be the solution. >> what would i save? >> a plumber costs you $150 to come to the house. you did it for $5. >> the next one is patching a hole in the wall. meredith has been angry. here's the result. >> right, right, she's been very upset. >> is it really that easy? >> okay, we put this for television. sand this quickly just to rub off the paint. >> this is 15 minutes, a few minutes over several days. >> correct. this is the first one. take one of these metal patches from the hardware store. it sticks. it's self-adhesive. >> okay. >> you take the joint compound that you buy, also with a knife, you do this. >> that's day one. >> you're good. go have some coffee, go have some lunch. >> so, this dries. >> tomorrow you're going to make another coat of this and make it wider, okay? that's day two. that's as quickly as that. day three, you may have to touch up a little third coat in the morning. then in the afternoon, instead of sand paper, warm water and a
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sponge. there's no dust. because joint compound is water-based -- >> so it dissolves a little bit. >> it dissolves a little bit to make it smooth out a little bit. you'll get a little bit of that, if you notice, i get a little bit of the joint compound on the sponge. let that dry, prime it, spot, you're done. >> but you might have to paint the whole wall because sometimes it doesn't match. >> if it's flat paint, you can touch it up. >> electrical outlet. my rule is, if it can kill you, let a pro do it. >> right. really good rule to live by, by the way. >> so you're going to do this yourself? >> shut the breaker off. make sure -- >> how do you make sure it's off? >> all right, with the light switch on, whatever device this is controlling, okay -- >> right. >> go down into the basement or mechanic room -- >> we could have done this for you ahead of time. >> let's just pull that off -- >> can someone get an electrician in here, please? >> okay, lights are off. lights are off. i love live television. >> you broke the thing. >> we broke it for television. once you get this off -- this is taking forever, now. but mind you, we're doing this
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in 15. are you with me? >> yes, we have 30 seconds left. >> oh, my gosh, who put these screws in here? this is unbelievable. once we pull this off, you'll take an electrical tester. even though -- >> we don't go like that. >> no, no finger. no finger. you'll touch around all the different wires that are on this thing to make sure that it's not hot. >> okay. >> this is critical. if you have to have a healthy respect for electricity and make sure that you pull this all the way out. >> right. >> your new -- boy, this is really not good. >> they actually told us we're going to go on this one. we've just made electricians a fortune on this one -- >> right, call your electrician. trust me, pull it out, follow the wires. instructions are on the web. >> thanks, lou. we appreciate it. yeah, yeah, yeah. >> live television. up next, it's definitely expensive having a growing family, and it's something that you think about. we try to be conscious of that and plan out our meals so that we can feed everyone on a budget. ♪ at giant, we know saving money is important. every time you shop with your card, you can enjoy thousands of real deal savings and weekly specials --
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back at 8:52. the fbi's broadway debut. take a look at that prominent billboard, there it is, in times square, is about to feature notices for wanted fugitives. we're going to flip the switch in a moment, but first, nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has details about the fugitives. pete, good morning. >> reporter: meredith, this is part of a nationwide push to bring that old-fashioned fbi wanted poster into the digital age, and they're finding out that it's a way to generate tips that get quick results.
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last august in the south and midwest, someone was brazenly robbing banks at gunpoint, more than a dozen in six states. fbi agents knew what the robber looked like. he entered the banks without a hat or mask. so, they had his picture from security cameras, but who was he? so, the fbi sought some high-tech help, asking the operators of electronic billboards to put up the man's picture in the states where he was suspected of robbing banks. >> threatened the use of a gun, threatened harm with the gun. >> reporter: agent kevin keethly, who helped investigate the robbery, says that did the trick. >> with his picture throughout the southeast, up and down the highways, it certainly helped. >> reporter: then a new posting went up on those same billboards, this time with a name, chad schaffner. >> we put up a second picture of him with his biographical information, and that generated additional leads, as well. >> reporter: leads that led to his arrest. schaffner pleaded guilty last
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month and will soon be sentenced. because they're controlled by computers, electronic billboards can post information within minutes of a crime. they first proved their power two years ago after a philadelphia policeman was shot and killed. after a suspect's name and picture were shown electronically, a tip came in that led to his capture. >> you confess to the killing? >> yes. >> do you have any remorse? >> yes. >> reporter: one of the most surprising responses came last year in albuquerque after a bank robbery suspect was featured on billboards there. investigators say when filbert romero's picture went up, his mother was driving him on an errand. "is that you?" she asked. when he said yes, she turned him in. and these billboards can be used for amber alerts and help seeking missing persons. >> thank you very much. so, there is the billboard once again in times square. let's see it okay. an fbi agent is standing by to flip the switch. let's see that.
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>> and there it goes. belle chen is the special assistant agent in charge of the crime unit in new york and abby coglin is the president of clear channel in new york. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> bill, you must be excited just at the location of this sign right there. what are you hoping to accomplish here? >> well, meredith, absolutely. times square is the crossroads of the world, and half a million people come here every day, from tourists to native new yorkers. what we're looking for is for the public's assistance to help us catch fugitives, and there's no better place for us to show case this than times square. >> can you tell us a little bit about the first three fugitives that you're going to be showing up there? >> sure, absolutely. here we have yvette torres. she is from long island, wanted for international parental kidnapping. we believe she's somewhere in europe. we have emerson guzman, who is in new york city --
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a catonsville family is relieved this morning after finding out that their daughter is alive and on her way home from haiti following the disaster there. she was visiting relatives in port-au-prince and doing mission work when the earthquake hit. she is now on her way home. the missing group from the new hope church is hoping to get to haiti as soon as possible. there were about to get to haiti when they heard about the earthquake. they were going to drill wells and set up clinics for children and the community. they're hoping to get to haiti as soon as an airport opens. back i
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>> let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> it looks like it is going to be a nice friday. a little more cloud cover that yesterday. still a nice day. i to produce at the low 40 -- upper 40's and low 50s. tomorrow, high temperature near 45. good chance for rain on sunday. much colder, with a height of folly 38. >> another update
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